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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Graphic Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Life Is One Our Greatest Blessings.$Everyone Should Have An Honest Occupation.

Birthplace

Born:
8/29/1930
Birth Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
Occupation(s):
Graphic Designer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Rice
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Life Is One Our Greatest Blessings.$Everyone Should Have An Honest Occupation.

Birthplace

Born:
8/29/1930
Birth Location:
Cambridge
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Biography

Graphic designer Frank Lucas was born on August 29, 1930, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He went on to become the first African American illustrator and photographer in Boston's advertising industry.

Raised in Cambridge, Lucas was attracted to art at an early age. With his talent, he was hired as an Army illustrator and photographer during the Korean War. After the war, he returned to Boston and graduated from the Vesper George School of Art in 1955. Lucas was then hired as a graphic designer at Parsons Friedmann and Central. He would later move to Barker Black Studios, where he worked primarily with publishers.

In 1966, Lucas was hired at Ginn and Company, a publishing house where he supervised art editors in the purchase of illustrations and photography for school textbooks. During his thirty-one years there, Lucas also managed packaging and oversaw art direction for the firm's advertising and promotional materials. Later, as director of art and design for children's trade books, Lucas pioneered new techniques in design, production and printing. He retired from the company in 1997. Since then, he has served as a consultant and art director to Course Crafters, a firm that produces materials for Sesame Street, Berlitz and several other educational publishers.

In addition to his work experience, Lucas has directed the career of many art students teaching art at several Boston art schools. He also taught graphic design and lectured at the famous Rhode Island School of Design. Lucas and his daughter, Diahanne, published a monthly New England newspaper, Reunion, for four years. Lucas has drawn wide praise and is the recipient of several awards for his professional work. He and his wife, Patricia Ann, have been married since 1957 and have three children. They reside in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Frank Lucas's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Frank Lucas lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Frank Lucas describes his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Frank Lucas describes how his mother and father came to the United States from Barbados
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Frank Lucas describes his father's employment
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Frank Lucas describes how his father defended himself and his family with a homemade wooden club
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Frank Lucas describes his mother's experience as a domestic
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Frank Lucas describes his parents' emphasis on education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Frank Lucas describes how his parents met and when they got married
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Frank Lucas describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Frank Lucas describes how his mother took care of his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Frank Lucas describes his experience at Houghton Elementary School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Frank Lucas describes his experience at Ridge Technical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Frank Lucas describes his decision to enroll at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston, Massachusetts in 1950
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Frank Lucas describes how he paid for tuition at the Vesper George School of Art in Boston, Massachusetts in 1950
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Frank Lucas describes his experience as an artist/illustrator with the Ninth Division of the U.S. Army during the Korean War
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Frank Lucas describes his service in the U.S. Army and graduating from the Vesper George School of Art in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Frank Lucas describes the first job he received as an advertising designer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Frank Lucas describes the racism he experienced trying to find employment in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Frank Lucas describes being hired to work at Parsons, Friedman and Central Advertising in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Frank Lucas describes getting married to Patricia Ann Lucas in 1957
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Frank Lucas describes his brother and role model, Ray Allen
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Frank Lucas describes leaving Parsons, Friedman and Central Advertising to work at Barker-Black Studios
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Frank Lucas describes his experience with Barker-Black Studio and his work after it closed
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Frank Lucas describes being hired by Ginn and Company in 1966
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Frank Lucas describes his experience as high school division supervisor at Ginn and Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Frank Lucas describes his experience at Ginn and Company and the corporations that owned Ginn and Company while he worked there
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Frank Lucas recalls the way he was hired at Ginn and Company
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Frank Lucas describes his experience as the only African American editor at a meeting of nationwide publishers in Detroit, Michigan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Frank Lucas describes his struggle to introduce diversity into his book designs for Ginn and Company, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Frank Lucas describes his struggle to introduce diversity into his book designs for Ginn and Company, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Frank Lucas describes his retirement from Ginn and Company and his experience working for Course Crafters
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Frank Lucas describes publishing the Reunion newspaper with his daughter Diahanne Lucas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Frank Lucas describes the labor that was involved in publishing the Reunion newspaper
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Frank Lucas talks about his children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Frank Lucas shares the advice he gives to others about careers in graphic design
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Frank Lucas describes organizing the Cambridge Reunion Group to raise money for college scholarships
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Frank Lucas describes his collection of multicultural art and historic artifacts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Frank Lucas describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Frank Lucas reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Frank Lucas describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Frank Lucas narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Frank Lucas narrates his photographs, pt. 2